Saving lives in Somerset – an out-of-hours service on a mission
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by Liam Tullberg
1w ago
In the last year, more than three thousand people have reached out for support from Crisis Safe Space, the out of hours mental health service in Somerset. Out of the 3118 attending Crisis Safe Space appointments, just under 45% of clients were seen in person and nearly 44% were supported on the phone. 11% chose to have an online video call. Nearly one third of clients, 999 people, were using the service for the first time, according to figures from April 2023 to end of March 2024. There were a number of reasons for people using the service – which covers the whole of Somerset – the most common ..read more
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“Just go for it. If you’re able to volunteer, it’s massively enriching to do so”
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by Alice Mitchell
1w ago
When Charlie started mental health volunteering, his goal was to help people and make a difference. What he didn’t realise was how much volunteering would make a difference to his life too.  For Volunteers’ Week, Charlie shares why he started volunteering with Second Step and how we supported him to transition into a full-time  paid mental health support role with our Help When You Need It team in Bristol.  “I became a volunteer during the lockdown. I’d just finished university. Obviously, we couldn’t leave our houses. I couldn’t get a job. So, I was working with a service set ..read more
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“I looked forward to riding Maverick every week.” How horse riding became one young woman’s passport home.
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by Jane Edmonds
2w ago
It’s well known that horses can help our mental health, with a study by the British Horse Society revealing that horse riding stimulated many positive psychological feelings including reducing depression by 30%. But for one young woman, who has spent the last 10 years in mental health units often under a section, horse riding became so much more than this. It helped her build her confidence and slowly but surely find the strength to return to life in the community. A challenging decade Shelby’s had a challenging few years. Having been admitted to a mental health unit when she was 16, she’s liv ..read more
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Sign up now: Free new course for carers in North Somerset starting 6 June 
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by Liam Tullberg
3w ago
North Somerset Wellbeing is introducing a free, six-week course for carers (18 years and over) who provide support to adults living in North Somerset.  The Wellbeing for Carers: Looking After Yourself course will support carers in understanding their own mental health needs and those of the person they care for. Over six weeks, you’ll explore topics such as coping skills and emotional resilience, as well as having a safe and confidential space to share your experiences and meet other carers.  The course starts on Thursday 6 June, 10:30am to 1pm at:  The Motex Centre  Winter ..read more
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Taking a moment for Carole 
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by chantal bachelier-moore
3w ago
Following the death by suicide of his beloved wife Carole, South Gloucestershire farmer Stephen Moorlen decided to set up a mental health fundraising project in her memory. We spoke to Stephen about the project, and the overwhelming response he has had since launching it.  Originally wanting to call his fundraising project Mom – the name his grandson used for Carole – and also the initials of his mantra, mind over matter – in the end Stephen chose ‘Moments’ because, as he says:   “When we talk, we always talk about taking a moment and people do need to take a moment, it’s a fit ..read more
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Mindful movement: Enhancing mental health through everyday actions
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by Liam Tullberg
3w ago
To coincide with this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme of movement, we sat down with Recovery Navigator Ellen and Bristol Wellbeing College tutor Tom to ask them about the value of movement for mental health.   Watch the video below, or read on for the transcript. What would you say to someone struggling to find the time and motivation for movement?  Tom: I think the first thing is to recognise that we all have limitations. Realigning the expectations that we might have around what is worth doing and what we can do is really, really important.   Sometimes the ..read more
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Second Step gardening group on a mission to turn office green space into refuge for clients and staff 
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by Alice Mitchell
3w ago
One month on from our office move to Pennywell Road, we’re settling in well and are busy creating  a warm, welcoming environment for our clients, staff, volunteers, and visitors.   Some of our green-fingered colleagues have formed a gardening group called the Pennywell Road Gardening Community. Their mission: to transform our outdoor green space from a jungle of brambles to a peaceful wildlife-friendly haven for all our clients, staff and neighbours to enjoy.   The group met for the first time on 9 May to start weeding and clearing the overgrowth. Once our gardeners ha ..read more
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Embracing movement: Navigating mental health and wellness
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by Liam Tullberg
1M ago
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week has the theme of movement so we caught up with Recovery Navigator Ellen Grieves and Bristol Wellbeing College tutor Tom Beetham to discuss what movement means to them. Tom Beetham, Bristol Wellbeing Tutor, and Ellen Grieves, Senior PAT PractitionerLiving more from the body “Movement can be functional, fun, and cathartic,” says Ellen. “It can generate feelings of freedom, strength, balance, and it can connect us to ourselves, each other, and the wider web of life.  “Movement has been essential for my own wellbeing, which is a continual practice. Whe ..read more
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Navigating the unexpected: The day we were told our new baby is deaf
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by chantal bachelier-moore
1M ago
For Deaf Awareness Week, Liam Dixon, Partnership Manager for our Wellbeing & Recovery Services, shares his personal journey from discovering his new baby was born deaf. He talks about how he has come to have a greater understanding of the misconceptions around deafness and the importance of prioritising mental wellbeing. “Receiving news after his birth that our little boy was born with bilateral microtia, atresia with the likelihood that he was deaf, was a big thing to take on board amongst the euphoria of welcoming him into the world. The first few weeks were challenging, with a real sens ..read more
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We’re in our new home at Pennywell Road! 
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by Liam Tullberg
2M ago
After 30 years in Brunswick Square in Bristol, we’re excited to have moved to our new office at 162 Pennywell Road.    Our new base is just a 10-minute walk away from where we were but offered us the opportunity to build a new environment from scratch, making the most of the new ways of working we brought in following the pandemic.   Over the last few months, we took on board feedback from our colleagues to ensure the layout works for everyone and is psychologically, adversity and trauma (PAT) informed. We also commissioned an accessibility report from WECIL (West of Engla ..read more
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